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Heavy rain leads to flooding on Hi-Line, may affect crops

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BILLINGS, Montana — Flooding has damaged bridges and blocked and washed out roads along Montana's Hi-Line.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nKQ6M9) storms dropped 4 to 8 inches of rain from Glasgow to Malta between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25.

Rivers spilled over their banks, onto roads and into basements.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tanja Fransen says the situation is gradually improving, though some areas are still under water.

She says the Milk River at Nashua was flowing at five times the previous record for this time of year.

Fransen says the biggest impact could be on crops. Up to 90 percent of Montana's wheat crop had not been harvested before the storms and flooding.

Officials say no homes were lost and no injuries reported.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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